Bedřich smetana - smetana: spirit of bohemia

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Berliner Philharmoniker · Plácido Domingo
Sarah Chang violin · Ana María Martínez soprano

Smetana took up studies of piano and theory with J. B. Kittl, director of the Prague Conservatory, and made Prague his home. He fell in love with a girl named Lousina and composed Lousina Polka ( Lousina's Polka ). After he completed his studies, for four years he made his living as a music teacher for the family of the prestigious Count Thun. He maintained close contact with Liszt, who assisted him financially beginning in 1856. Smetana was a great admirer of Liszt and the two composers met and corresponded with each other frequently. Liszt also co-funded Smetana's private piano school in Prague; as a token of admiration and gratitude, Smetana devoted his Six Characteristic Pieces to Liszt. He was drawn to Liszt's idea of the symphonic poem, which gave rise to Richard III, Waldstein's Camp, and Hakon Jarl.

Pavla Vykopalova (right) and Pavel Cernoch play the lovers Marenka and Jenik in Smetana’s Bartered Bride , from the Prague National Opera. Hana Smejkalova hide caption

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